Posted this on another sebright thread which I know several of us are on both, but I'd like as many opinions as possible.
Question - I am getting rid of one of my 3 male GSs, but I can't decide which one. Temperaments are all about the same, one is maybe a little friendlier to me but seems like the instigator in picking fights with the others. But nothing to really base on by behavior.
My question is just going on looks, should I choose the largest or the smallest two to keep? Pick the best combs? Pick the best looking tail and hackles feathers?
And on hackle feathers, I have a couple females that are a bit darker around the neck and head, and a couple that are lighter. They are only about 5 months old, so I can't really tell how that will factor in later.
Any tips or comments appreciated!
I'm not an expert on Sebrights, but from what I know smaller is considered better. Ours are hatchery quality so they are fairly large as far as bantams go, which makes them hardier (small sebrights are notorious for being delicate) but it doesn't match the breed standard as well.
Feathers are also very important, as sebright roosters are known for their hen-feathering. However, to get a really good male choosing the one that matured first will certainly get you a good breeder. I've found choosing one of the first in command tends to get you a good rooster.
A good, fanned tail is very important in sebrights, so tail would be more important then hackle feathers I would think.
As for the females, they can take a long time to get their full coloration so it can be hard to tell if a light one will get too light and if a dark one will stay too dark. However, as long as they are healthy and of proper color and shape they should make good breeders.
Sometimes when you get rid of a number of roosters the one you keep may change in behavior, so watch for this. Try to choose one that doesn't seem extremely interested in you as I have found the friendliest roosters tend to be the most aggressive as they mature and the more nervous roosters seem to settle down and become quite tame upon maturing.
I hope this helps you choose.